The latest bluesign® DIALOGUE event took place on 12th November in San Francisco.
84 participants from different parts of the textile value chain including textile manufacturers, chemical suppliers, associations and brands came together (e.g. GAP, Patagonia, SAC, Higg, Toray, Archroma etc) for a day-long program. The agenda included presentations, roundtable discussions, a case study, an interview and a panel discussion. Of course, there were plenty of opportunities for questions, and as the event name promised, an open dialogue. The general focus was on “Measuring and Communicating Sustainable Progress“.
The CHT Group was invited to represent the chemical industry in a panel discussion. Together with participants from Toray (Textile Manufacturer) and Everlane (Brand) the topic “personal experience with chemical management and transparency in the textile industry” was discussed.
Dr. Lilia Lohrey, Brand & Retail Manager at CHT Group, pointed out that the textile industry is less regulated by laws compared to the food and cosmetics industries. This results in a high number of different market requirements, e.g. RSLs, MRSLs, different standards and chemical management solutions (> 440). She stated that harmonization and alignment would help to reduce complexity and costs. Moreover, transparency within the textile value chain would accelerate the progress towards a more sustainable apparel & footwear industry.
“For the future, we imagine a cleaner and transparent textile industry where chemical usage becomes visible and factories are enabled to make better decisions on chemical selection”, emphasized Ms. Lohrey.
All in all, the third bluesign® DIALOGUE was a successful event with high information value. It provides a great platform to exchange latest market trends as well as needs and priorities of the textile industry. The event series is the perfect occasion for networking and for sharing experiences, successes and challenges. From CHT’s point of view the dialogues provide great assistance for all stakeholders of the textile industry to build a common language.